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Noodle dishes like this one are often served as part of a Chinese New Year's celebration to symbolize a long, healthy life. In this easy recipe, butternut squash adds another layer of meaning with a golden color evocative of a prosperous year to come.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016




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  • Combine shrimp, five-spice powder and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large, flat-bottom carbon-steel wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil into the pan. Add squash; cook, stirring occasionally, until brown in spots and partially cooked, 6 to 8 minutes. Add bell pepper and ginger; cook, stirring, 2 minutes more. Stir in water, cover and cook until the squash is tender, about 5 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Remove with tongs to a colander. (Leave the hot water in the pot, covered.) Rinse the noodles and drain well.

  • Return the shrimp and any accumulated juice to the pan. Stir in 2 tablespoons tamari and 1 teaspoon sesame oil; cook, gently tossing, until the shrimp are hot, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Briefly stir the noodles into the hot water to reheat. Drain well. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the remaining 1 teaspoon each tamari and sesame oil and half the scallions. Serve the shrimp over the noodles, sprinkled with the remaining scallions.


To make ahead: Marinate shrimp (Step 1) for up to 4 hours.

Tips: Chinese five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. Look for it in the spice section of the supermarket or with other Asian ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup shrimp & vegetables and 3/4 cup noodles each
325 calories; protein 15g; carbohydrates 41.3g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 2.4g; fat 11.4g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 105.9mg; vitamin a iu 5978.6IU; vitamin c 46.7mg; folate 32.5mcg; calcium 87.4mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 45.8mg; potassium 431.6mg; sodium 359.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 2 fat